David S. Schwartz

Foley & Lardner Bascom Professor of Law

Schwartz, David S.


Room 9108, Law School

Curriculum Vitae


B.A., M.A., Yale University
J.D., Yale Law School


Professor David S. Schwartz teaches and writes in the areas of Constitutional Law, Evidence and Civil Procedure.  His scholarship includes articles published in the Georgetown, Notre Dame, and University of Pennsylvania law reviews, and he has co-authored two casebooks:  Constitutional Law: a Context and Practice Casebook (with Lori A. Ringhand) (Carolina Academic Press, 2nd ed. 2017), and An Analytical Approach to Evidence: Text, Problems and Cases (with Allen, Swift, Pardo & Stein) (Wolters Kluwer, 6th ed. 2016). His book, The Spirit of The Constitution: John Marshall and the 200-Year Odyssey of McCulloch v. Maryland was published by Oxford University Press in September 2019.

Professor Schwartz is a two-time recipient of the Classroom Teacher of the Year Award, in 2004 and 2013. He has also taught Remedies, Civil Rights Litigation and Employment Law.

His public service has included drafting and filing amicus curiae briefs on employee and consumer rights issues in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Wisconsin and Illinois Supreme Courts, and a constitutional opinion letter on domestic partnerships for Wisconsin Governor James Doyle.  His scholarship on the Federal Arbitration Act and employment law has been cited in 17 judicial opinions, including cases in the U.S. Courts of Appeals and the California Supreme Court. Professor Schwartz also testified before Congress on the Federal Arbitration Act and helped draft the proposed Arbitration Fairness Act of 2007.

Professor Schwartz joined the UW law faculty in fall 1999, after 12 years of law practice specializing in employment discrimination and civil rights litigation.  For the three years just prior to joining the Law School, Prof. Schwartz was Senior Staff Attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, in Los Angeles.  Previously, Prof. Schwartz was in private practice in San Francisco, representing plaintiffs in employment cases. After graduating law school, Prof. Schwartz clerked for the Honorable Betty B. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Scholarship & Publications


Law Repository

Research Interests

  • Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Evidence


  • David Schwartz published six posts on Legal History Blog as guest-blogger for the month of December 2019. He also debated his post on originalism with Michael Ramsey on The Originalism Blog.

  • In December 2019, David Schwartz presented his paper, "McCulloch v. Maryland and the Incoherence of Enumerationism," at the Sixth Annual Salmon P. Chase Lecture & Colloquium at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • The 2019 Wisconsin Law Review Symposium, which was chaired by former UW Law Professor Andrew Coan, featured a number of UW Law faculty, including Anuj Desai, Howie Erlanger, Neil Komesar, John Ohnesorge, Asifa Quraishi-Landes, David Schwartz, Miriam Seifter and Rob Yablon. The symposium, titled "Rationing the Constitution: How Judicial Capacity Shapes Supreme Decision-Making,” was held Oct. 24 and 25.

  • David Schwartz's book, "The Spirit of the Constitution: John Marshall and the 200-Year Odyssey of McCulloch v. Maryland," was published by Oxford University Press in October 2019.

  • David Schwartz's article, "Madison's Waiver: Can Constitutional Liquidation Be Liquidated?", appeared in Stanford Law Review Online in September.

  • David Schwartz presented "Limited Enumerated Powers as a Non-Originalist Idea" for a September faculty workshop at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

  • David Schwartz's article, "Defying McCulloch? Jackson's Bank Veto Reconsidered," appears in the Arkansas Law Review as part of a symposium of papers originally presented at the 2018 Wisconsin Discussion Group on Constitutionalism at UW Law School.

  • David Schwartz's essay, "Madison's Waiver: Can Constitutional Liquidation be Liquidated?", has been accepted for publication in the Stanford Law Review Online.

  • David Schwartz's book review/essay "Coin, Currency, and Constitution: Reconsidering the National Bank Precedent" has been accepted for publication by the Michigan Law Review for its April 2020 book review issue.

  • David Schwartz's article, "An Error and an Evil: The Strange History of Implied Commerce Powers," was published in the American University Law Review in February.

  • In January, David Schwartz presented his paper, "Defying McCulloch? Jackson's Bank Veto Reconsidered," for University of San Diego Law School faculty workshop series.

  • David Schwartz's article, "What is Relative Plausibility?" (co-authored with Elliott Sober), was published in the International Journal of Evidence and Proof in January.

  • In 2011, David Schwartz presented his paper, "Narrative Statutory Interpretation," at the Works in Progress Workshop, Denver University, Sturm College of Law.

  • David Schwartz’s article, “A Foundation Theory of Evidence,” was accepted for publication in a 2011 edition of The Georgetown Law Journal. The article articulates a “foundation principle” that is implicit in the Federal Rules of Evidence and the structure of legal claims, and argues that foundation, not relevance, embodies our fundamental understanding of admissible evidence.

  • David Schwartz presented his paper, "Claim-Suppressing Arbitration," at a conference titled "Labor and Employment Law Under the Obama Administration: A Time for Hope and Change?" at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. The final version of Professor Schwartz's paper will be published in the Spring 2011 edition of the Indiana Law Journal.

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